Today we’d like to introduce you to Kamisha Marie Johnson.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
From elementary school to points throughout the beginning years of college, I’ve always struggled with my weight. Kids are mean and I was bullied every day, I used to get called on a daily basis “blue whale” or “ka-meat-ball.” I turned to eat as a coping mechanism from years of bullying and home life issues because food was a solid, stable, and comfort thing for me, it was always there. I remember the day I officially was done, tired of how I was feeling energy wise and low self-esteem, I was tired of being bullied, and I wanted overall to love myself and be healthy. February 16, 2016, I stepped on the scaled and a number popped up that said “292.” My eyes widen and I said to myself, “Kamisha, you will NOT hit the 300’s.” That next day, I joined a gym called fitness 19.
Like most people, I started with strictly cardio cardio cardio and in the first few months, I lost about 30 pounds, which was awesome! But since I was only doing cardio and not gaining muscle, I just felt “saggy,” the weight was gone but I wasn’t toned. That’s when I joined 24-hour fitness and did group personal training with some co-workers/friends. Incorporating weight resistance training was complete life changing for my fitness journey, I wasn’t unhealthily counting calories, I wasn’t doing only cardio, I was eating right and doing weight resistance exercising with a positive support group. I started losing inches at some points rather than pounds and that’s when it clicked to not pay attention to that awful scale, rather how your clothes and how you feel! After about a year of personal training, I felt like I was a plateau (which is completely normal and will happen). I decided to attend a gym called “F45.” Now, this gym completely changed my life even more. The entire gym doesn’t have any mirrors, the trainers learn about you (strengths/weaknesses) and push you enough to reach your goals, it was more team training rather than just alone. The community at F45 is positive and like a family with constant support no matter what age or background. I’ve lost about 100 pounds! I still have around 30 pounds until I reach my beginning goal weight.
Has it been a smooth road?
Absolutely not. There has been many ups and downs, laughs and tears, as well as smiles and frowns, but that’s what I’ve learned to love about the journey. You learn so much along the way about yourself, what you want/need, and it’s beautiful. It’s one of a kind journey and it’s yours! Not anyone else’s. My advice is even on the hard days, remind your consistently where and WHY you’re starting. Stay consistent, positive, & PATIENT. With any fitness journey it takes time, consistency, and positivity – where you began didn’t have overnight so remind yourself your goal body won’t happen overnight either, and that’s okay. Another tip is do not compare someone else’s body based off the number that they weigh, because just like I did, you will have a rude awakening when you reach that number and you don’t look like that person at all, which is also OKAY! You learn to love and accept new things about yourself which is amazing.
Lastly, the final thing I learned during this journey is, loose skin will happen during an extreme weight loss. This is still something today I’m learning to accept and understand on my journey. I have loose skin in my arms, thighs, and especially in my lower stomach. I’m learning every day that my loose skin doesn’t define me and it shows all the hard work I’ve put in, and after more hard work the loose skin will eventually tone over time.
Please tell us more about what you do, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
Right now, I’m a part-time college student, who has no idea what I want to major in. I hardly know too often what I’m doing for dinner so I’m not sure how I’m supposed to pick what I want to do for the rest of my life. The last few years, I’ve worked with kids and I absolutely love it. My goal is to continue traveling the world as much as I can while meeting and talking to so many new people and swapping stories/inspiring each other. I want to help, inspire, and be a positive person for as many people as I can which I think sets me apart from others. I may be anxious but I’m not afraid to be bold, daring, and go get what I want.
Finding a mentor and building a network are often cited in studies as a major factor impacting one’s success. Do you have any advice or lessons to share regarding finding a mentor or networking in general?
I looked at social media a lot, mostly Instagram. I would find people who have either completed or starting their journey. It was nice to find people I could talk and relate to via the internet. I recommend finding someone you look up to and follow them, reach out, and follow as many positive uplifting people so your Instagram feed is all of that. MANIFEST ALL OF THAT GOOD ENERGY!
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: mylifeaskamisha
- Twitter: itskamishaa
Myself and F45 north Mission Viejo